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Thursday, April 30, 2009

select maximum value from an auto increment field

$table_name = "jos_menu";
$resultset = mysql_query("desc $table_name");
while($a = mysql_fetch_assoc($resultset))
if($a["Extra"] == "auto_increment"){
$query = "SELECT max(".$a["Field"].") as auto from $table_name";
$resultset1 = mysql_query($query);
$answer = mysql_fetch_assoc($resultset1);

Note: It can be done just by subtracting 1 from the current Auto_increment value in a table. But, I never found this justifiable because what if the last row is deleted.
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